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Giant killers have great confidence in the power of God! That’s the story of David as he boldly took Goliath’s challenge to fight until death. Others saw David as only a weak young lad, small in stature. But when used by God, David was transformed into a giant killer. How could that be? David was willing and confident in God’s ability to do what only He could do through him: And with only a sling and a stone, David Killed Goliath. As the saying goes,“you can’t judge a book by its cover,” we must be very careful not to make assumptions based on outward appearances.

In my early childhood, Ruthie was my best friend. We were inseparable. “Two peas in a pod” as my grandmother would say. Ruthie was special in so many ways. She was adventurous, happy, kind, a great friend. She was also deaf. Ruthie communicated by reading lips, and I seemed to understand her better than anyone. At times even better than her own family. On many occasions teachers, administrators, and even students asked me to interpret or bring clarity to a conversation with Ruthie. But I never saw Ruthie as different. She always said she felt heard and understood by me. And in return, I felt appreciated and loved by Ruthie from the inside out, because I was a chubby little elementary girl who looked a bit different than most of the tiny little girls in our class. We saw each other with different eyes. So does God. Take a look at 1 Samuel 16:7 (ESV), “For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

What culture tells us about strength and beauty is different from what God tells us. The world tells us strength is perfection; beauty is perfection. God says, “In your weakness I am made strong.” God designed us to need Him. Just like David was transformed from a shepherd boy into a giant killer filled with the confidence of God, you and I can be transformed too. 2 Corinthians 4:16 (ESV) says, “So we do not lose heart, though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”